Mallery’s immensely entertaining, intensely emotional novel is a vividly descriptive, locale-perfect, stand-out story, starring an eclectic cast of unforgettable characters who will warm hearts and confound, and heroines that readers will champion. Although it concludes the trilogy, this Blackberry Island book reads well alone.
Life is never dull on Blackberry Island for self-professed pre-spinster Nina Wentworth: the reliable daughter to her naïve mother, Bonnie, and the responsible sibling to her oftentimes capricious younger sister, Averil. Nina’s been the parental figure in her atypical, exasperating, complex family whom she loves without measure and has sacrificed much for. To further complicate her convoluted existence, her man-draught has ended, and she’s juggling not one, but two men from her past. Meanwhile, marriage to a great guy apparently isn’t enough for Averil, who has come home to take a break from her responsibilities. Averil is reluctant to accept help, but she’s feeling unable to move forward without it. Is happily ever after in the stars for either of them? (MIRA, Mar., 352 pp., $24.95)